Dlisted: It's Upfront Week: The CW

Thursday, May 18, 2006

It's Upfront Week: The CW



The CW is the last of the networks to present their inaugural season. The CW is a new network formed from UPN and WB. Because of that, each network had to let go of a bunch of shows. UPN let go of Cuts, Eve, Get This Party Started, Half & Half, Love Inc., One on One, Sex Love and Secrets and South Beach. The WB got rid of The Bedford Diaries, Blue Collar TV, Charmed, Everwood, Just Legal, Living with Fran, Modern Men, Pepper Dennis, Related, Survival of the Richest, Twins and What I Like About You.

In a surprising move, The CW picked up 7th Heaven even though a finale aired. Some other returning shows are Gilmore Girls, Smallville, Beauty and the Geek, One Tree Hill, Supernatural, All of Us, America's Next Top Model, Girlfriends and Everybody Hates Chris.

The new shows are:

"Runaway," from Sony Pictures Television, revolves around a family that becomes fugitives in order to prove the innocence of their patriarch (Donnie Wahlberg) - who's convicted of murder. Dustin Milligan ("The Days"), Karen LeBlanc ("Kevin Hill"), Leslie Hope ("Commander in Chief"), Nathan Gamble, Sarah Ramos ("American Dreams") and Susan Floyd ("Law & Order") also star in the hour, which comes from creator Chad Hodge and executive producers Darren Star and Ed Zuckerman.

"Palm Springs," from Lionsgate Television, is a coming-of-age drama about a troubled teen ("The O.C.'s" Taylor Handley) who moves to a gated community, where he uncovers some dark secrets. Amber Heard ("Alpha Dog"), Cheryl White ("The Book of Daniel"), D.W. Moffett ("The Book of Daniel"), Ellary Porterfield ("The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio"), Gail O'Grady ("Hot Properties"), Michael Cassidy ("The O.C.") and Sharon Lawrence ("Desperate Housewives") star.

"The Game" is about a group of women in various stages of relationships with pro football players. Aldis Hodge ("Numb3rs"), Coby Bell ("Third Watch"), Hosea Chanchez ("Everwood"), Jennifer Baxter ("Dark Water"), Tia Mowry ("Love, Inc.") and Wendy Raquel Robinson ("All of Us") all star in the half-hour, which comes from executive producers Dan Dugan, Kelsey Grammer, Mara Brock Akil and Steve Stark

[The Futon Critic] [Thx Stacy]

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